Ups and Downs

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From a personal standpoint, June – July is a very trying time. Many of those ‘grief dates’ surface. I find it difficult to keep life in balance. As a result, exercise and eating have slid – a lot – and the result of that…. no energy, want to sleep all the time, feel very sluggish. […]

From a personal standpoint, June – July is a very trying time. Many of those ‘grief dates’ surface. I find it difficult to keep life in balance. As a result, exercise and eating have slid – a lot – and the result of that…. no energy, want to sleep all the time, feel very sluggish.

So after some intense focus again on nutrition for the past three weeks, life is improving once again!  It has made a huge difference, so lesson learned – just can’t slack off. I have learned that I just have to force myself to eat a protein bar for breakfast as I just don’t really like food early in my day, but that seems to work and a doable thing with my coffee. Then after one cup of coffee and protein bar comes a glass of water. This seems to really help reverse the ‘crash effect’ of the caffeine from the coffee so I’m not going back to sleep so much. When I feel the crash coming on, I begin doing my stretches and leg and ab exercises. If I still feel like sleeping I do, but most of the time I finish those and feel great! Down a total of 96 pounds at this point and feeling much better. One day at a time! It just goes to prove how important nutrition and water are. I do seem to have trouble keeping nutrition, hydration and exercise all in balance but trying. I have decided most important is nutrition and hydration. I’m doing more resistance exercises to help with muscle tone and not as much walking. I’m starting to get more saggy, baggy skin but that is part of it and can always be fixed! Water exercises are making me feel much better!

Six Months

Weight loss has slowed according to the scales; however, clothes continue to fit differently so I do believe I am being successful with muscle development. I’m doing lawn work, exercising and things continue to change. I’m down a total of 84 pounds; have gone from a size 28W pant down to a size 18…. very pleased…. tops 3X to 1X! I really notice how much easier everything is to do when doing yard work. When I have energy, my energy is good, but I still seem to deplete my energy supply pretty quickly. I’m not sleeping very well at night – hormonal perhaps. If I sit down in the daytime I tend to nap quite easily, but I feel much refreshed after a power nap so whatever works. I’m doing good! Can’t say I like myself yet, but saggy skin isn’t any worse than I expected to be so all things in due time -  that is just part of it. It seems the scales change; then my clothes change; then my skin kind of catches up then we start the cycle over again. 50-55 more to go, or a size 12 pants – whichever – I’ve never been overly concerned with what the scales say – have always weighed a lot more than anyone ever thought…. just want to be healthy!

For females, at least at my age (pre-menopausal) and from my experience should be ready for some major hormonal shifts – the emotions, cycle changes, etc. That has been a ride that I hadn’t really thought so much about, but with sudden weight changes and diet changes, those changes happen as well! Working with OB/GYN closely to help me through some of these issues. Endometrial ablation helped tremendously! Just another aspect to consider and think about.

Julie

Julie

Julie had bariatric surgery in Nov. 2012. Her blog post are from her journal and are not in real-time. Continue to follow her progress and she shares her journey.

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